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How to find the correct Win7 SP1 download file

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I had to restore the recovery partition on a very old PC that had Win 7--with no service packs.  It installed just fine, and shows that the PC is at Windows 7 copyright 2009, but plenty of strange things are happening.  So, I wanted to update to the latest, but when I go to Windows update, it won't 'check for updates', saying Windows Update cannot current check for updates, because the service is not running"--even though services.msc shows that it IS running.

So I thought I might be able to clear up a lot of problems by going to the MS site and downloading SP1, but then it gets more confusing by giving me about a dozen different possible files.  Most have "64" in the filename, but with this being an older 32-bit system, I assume I should pick one that has "X86" in the name.  But even then I find two such filenames:

Windows_Win7SP1.7601.17514.101119-1850.X86CHK.Symbols.msi

Windows_Win7SP1.7601.17514.101119-1850.X86FRE.Symbols.msi.

Any idea if I am in the right place, and how to know which SP1 file to download for a 32 bit Windows 7 system?  TIA
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This one windows 6.1-KB976932-X86.exe

You don't want symbols which are the files you listed.

I presume you are here https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=5842 for your download.

Follow the Install instructions and download the file I referenced at the top.
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After you download the service pack, you want to download and install the cumulative update.
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3125574
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You can follow the Article below, which helps you speed up the updates after a fresh Windows 7 installation. If you just try updating after installing SP1 the updates will seem to take hours or even days without you seeing any progress, at "Checking for Updates". With the instructions in the article it will take a lot less time. The article also includes the SP1 download link, and as mentioned above, you need the Windows 6.1 download without symbols:

https://www.experts-exchange.com/articles/28629/Windows-7-New-Installation-Windows-Updates-fix-applies-to-windows-2008-Server-R2-too.html
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